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George IV
Portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1822.
King of the United Kingdom and of Hanover (more...)
Reign 29 January 1820 – 26 June 1830
Coronation 19 July 1821 (aged 58)
Predecessor George III
Successor William IV
Prime Ministers
Consort Caroline of Brunswick
Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales
Full name
George Augustus Frederick
House House of Hanover
Father George III
Mother Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Born 12 August 1762(1762-08-12)
St James's Palace, London
Died 26 June 1830 (aged 67)
Windsor Castle, Berkshire
Burial 15 July 1830
St George's Chapel, Windsor

George IV (George Augustus Frederick; 12 August 1762 – 26 June 1830) was the king of Hanover and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from the death of his father, George III, on 29 January 1820 until his own death ten years later. From 1811 until his accession, he served as Prince Regent during his father's relapse into insanity from an illness that is now suspected to have been porphyria.[1]

George IV is remembered largely for his extravagant lifestyle that contributed to the fashions of the British Regency. By 1797 his weight had reached 17 stone 7 pounds (111 kg or 245 lb),[2] and by 1824 his corset was made for a waist of 50 inches (127 cm).[3] He was a patron of new forms of leisure, style and taste. He commissioned John Nash to build the Royal Pavilion in Brighton and remodel Buckingham Palace, and Sir Jeffry Wyatville to rebuild Windsor Castle. He was largely instrumental in the foundation of the National Gallery, London and King's College London.

He had a poor relationship with both his father and his wife, Caroline of Brunswick, whom he even forbade to attend his coronation. For most of George's regency and reign, Lord Liverpool controlled the government as Prime Minister. Though George IV played little part in the Napoleonic Wars, he did influence politics. He resisted Catholic Emancipation, and introduced the unpopular Pains and Penalties Bill to Parliament in a desperate, and ultimately unsuccessful, attempt to divorce his wife.


Early life

George was born at St James's Palace, London, on 12 August 1762. As the eldest son of a British sovereign, he automatically became Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay at birth; he was created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester a few days afterwards.[4] On 18 September of the same year, he was baptised by Thomas Secker, Archbishop of Canterbury.[5] His godparents were The Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (his maternal uncle, for whom The Duke of Devonshire, Lord Chamberlain, stood proxy), The Duke of Cumberland (his twice-paternal great-uncle) and The Dowager Princess of Wales (his paternal grandmother).[6] George was a talented student, quickly learning to speak French, German and Italian in addition to his native English.[7]

The Prince of Wales turned 21 in 1783, and obtained a grant of £60,000 from Parliament and an annual income of £50,000 from his father. He then established his residence in Carlton House, where he lived a profligate life.[8] Animosity developed between the prince and his father, a monarch who desired more frugal behaviour on the part of the heir-apparent. The King, a political conservative, was also alienated by the Prince of Wales's adherence to Charles James Fox and other radically-inclined politicians.[9]

George as Prince of Wales, painted by Richard Cosway, ca. 1780-1782.

Soon after he reached the age of 21, the Prince of Wales fell in love with a Roman Catholic, Maria Anne Fitzherbert, who was a widow twice over; her first husband, Edward Weld, died in 1775, and her second husband, Thomas Fitzherbert, in 1781.[10] The Act of Settlement 1701 declared those who married Roman Catholics ineligible to succeed to the Throne, and a marriage between the two was prohibited by the Royal Marriages Act 1772, under which the Prince of Wales could not marry without the consent of the King, which would never have been granted. Nevertheless, the couple contracted a marriage on 15 December 1785 at her house in Park Street, Mayfair. Legally the union was void as the King's assent was never requested.[11] However, Mrs. Fitzherbert believed that she was the Prince of Wales's canonical and true wife, holding the law of the Church to be superior to the law of the State. For political reasons, the union remained secret and Mrs. Fitzherbert promised not to publish any evidence relating to it.[12]

The Prince of Wales was plunged into debt by his exorbitant lifestyle. His father refused to assist him, forcing him to quit Carlton House and live at Mrs. Fitzherbert's residence. In 1787, the Prince of Wales's allies in the House of Commons introduced a proposal to relieve his debts with a parliamentary grant. The prince's personal relationship with Mrs. Fitzherbert was suspected, but revelation of the illegal marriage would have scandalized the nation and doomed any parliamentary proposal to aid him. Acting on the prince's authority, the Whig leader Charles James Fox declared that the story was a calumny.[13] Mrs. Fitzherbert was not pleased with the public denial of the marriage in such vehement terms and contemplated severing her ties to the prince. He appeased her by asking another Whig, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, to restate Fox's forceful declaration in more careful words. Parliament, meanwhile, was sufficiently pleased to grant the Prince of Wales £161,000 for the payment of his debts and £60,000 for improvements to Carlton House.[7][14]

Regency crisis of 1788

Portrait of George published by Sir Joshua Reynolds in 1785.

It is now conjectured that King George III suffered from the hereditary disease porphyria.[15] In the summer of 1788 his mental health deteriorated, but he was nonetheless able to discharge some of his duties and to declare Parliament prorogued from 25 September to 20 November. During the prorogation George III became deranged, posing a threat to his own life, and when Parliament reconvened in November the King could not deliver the customary Speech from the Throne during the State Opening of Parliament. Parliament found itself in an untenable position; according to long-established law it could not proceed to any business until the delivery of the King's Speech at a State Opening.[13][16]

Although arguably barred from doing so, Parliament began debating a Regency. In the House of Commons, Charles James Fox declared his opinion that the Prince of Wales was automatically entitled to exercise sovereignty during the King's incapacity. A contrasting opinion was held by the Prime Minister, William Pitt the Younger, who argued that, in the absence of a statute to the contrary, the right to choose a Regent belonged to Parliament alone.[17] He even stated that, without parliamentary authority "the Prince of Wales had no more assume the government, than any other individual subject of the country."[18] Though disagreeing on the principle underlying a Regency, Pitt agreed with Fox that the Prince of Wales would be the most convenient choice for a Regent.[13][16]

Miniature of George by Richard Cosway (1792).

The Prince of Wales—though offended by Pitt's boldness—did not lend his full support to Fox's approach. The prince's brother, Prince Frederick, Duke of York, declared that the prince would not attempt to exercise any power without previously obtaining the consent of Parliament.[19] Following the passage of preliminary resolutions Pitt outlined a formal plan for the Regency, suggesting that the powers of the Prince of Wales be greatly limited. Among other things, the Prince of Wales would not be able either to sell the King's property or to grant a peerage to anyone other than a child of the King. The Prince of Wales denounced Pitt's scheme, declaring it a "project for producing weakness, disorder, and insecurity in every branch of the administration of affairs."[20] In the interests of the nation, both factions agreed to compromise.[16]

A significant technical impediment to any Regency Bill involved the lack of a Speech from the Throne, which was necessary before Parliament could proceed to any debates or votes. The Speech was normally delivered by the King, but could also be delivered by royal representatives known as Lords Commissioners; but no document could empower the Lords Commissioners to act unless the Great Seal of the Realm was affixed to it. The Seal could not be legally affixed without the prior authorisation of the Sovereign. Pitt and his fellow ministers ignored the last requirement and instructed the Lord Chancellor to affix the Great Seal without the King's consent, as the act of affixing the Great Seal in itself gave legal force to the Bill. This legal fiction was denounced by Edmund Burke as a "glaring falsehood",[21] as a "palpable absurdity",[21] and even as a "forgery, fraud".[22] The Prince of Wales's brother, the Duke of York, described the plan as "unconstitutional and illegal."[20] Nevertheless, others in Parliament felt that such a scheme was necessary to preserve an effective government. Consequently on 3 February 1789, more than two months after it had convened, Parliament was formally opened by an "illegal" group of Lords Commissioners. The Regency Bill was introduced, but before it could be passed the King recovered. The King declared retroactively that the instrument authorising the Lords Commissioners to act was valid.[13][16]


British Royalty
House of Hanover
Quarterly, I and IV Gules three lions passant guardant in pale Or; II Or a lion rampant within a double tressure flory-counter-flory Gules; III Azure a harp Or stringed Argent; overall an escutcheon tierced per pale and per chevron, I Gules two lions passant guardant Or, II Or a semy of hearts Gules a lion rampant Azure, III Gules a horse courant Argent, the whole inescutcheon surmounted by crown
George IV
   Charlotte, Princess Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
George in 1798, after a painting by Sir William Beechey.

The Prince of Wales's debts continued to climb, and his father refused to aid him unless he married his cousin, Caroline of Brunswick.[23] In 1795, the Prince of Wales acquiesced, and they were married on 8 April 1795 at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace. The marriage, however, was disastrous; each party was unsuited to the other. The two were formally separated after the birth of their only child, Princess Charlotte, in 1796, and remained separated for the rest of their lives. The Prince of Wales remained attached to Mrs. Fitzherbert for the rest of his life, despite several periods of estrangement.[24]

Before meeting Mrs. Fitzherbert the Prince of Wales may have fathered several illegitimate children. His mistresses included Mary Robinson, an actress who was bought off with a generous pension when she threatened to sell his letters to the newspapers;[25] Grace Elliott, the divorced wife of a physician;[26] and Frances Villiers, Countess of Jersey, who dominated his life for some years.[24] In later life, his mistresses were Isabella Seymour-Conway, Marchioness of Hertford, and finally, for the last ten years of his life, Elizabeth Conyngham, Marchioness Conyngham.[27]

The future King George IV circa 1809 Oil on canvas by John Singleton Copley.

The problem of the Prince of Wales's debts, which amounted to the extraordinary sum of £630,000 in 1795,[28] was solved (at least temporarily) by Parliament. Being unwilling to make an outright grant to relieve these debts, it provided him an additional sum of £65,000 per annum.[29] In 1803, a further £60,000 was added, and the Prince of Wales's debts of 1795 were finally cleared in 1806, although the debts he had incurred since 1795 remained.[30]

In 1804 a dispute arose over the custody of Princess Charlotte, which led to her being placed in the care of the King, George III. It also led to a Parliamentary Commission of Enquiry into Princess Caroline's conduct after the Prince of Wales accused her of having an illegitimate son. The investigation cleared Caroline of the charge but still revealed her behaviour to be extraordinarily indiscreet.[31]


George, ca. 1810, by Sir Thomas Lawrence.

In late 1810, George III was once again overcome by his malady following the death of his youngest daughter, Princess Amelia. Parliament agreed to follow the precedent of 1788; without the King's consent, the Lord Chancellor affixed the Great Seal of the Realm to letters patent naming Lords Commissioners. The Lords Commissioners, in the name of the King, signified the granting of the Royal Assent to a bill that became the Regency Act 1811. Parliament restricted some of the powers of the Prince Regent (as the Prince of Wales became known). The constraints expired one year after the passage of the Act.[32]

As the Prince of Wales became Prince Regent on 5 January,[33] one of the most important political conflicts facing the country concerned Catholic emancipation, the movement to relieve Roman Catholics of various political disabilities. The Tories, led by the Prime Minister, Spencer Perceval, were opposed to Catholic emancipation, while the Whigs supported it. At the beginning of the Regency, the Prince of Wales was expected to support the Whig leader, William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville. He did not, however, immediately put Lord Grenville and the Whigs in office. Influenced by his mother, he claimed that a sudden dismissal of the Tory government would exact too great a toll on the health of the King (a steadfast supporter of the Tories), thereby eliminating any chance of a recovery.[34]

The Prince Regent by Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1814.

In 1812, when it appeared highly unlikely that the King would recover, the Prince of Wales again failed to appoint a new Whig administration. Instead, he asked the Whigs to join the existing ministry under Spencer Perceval. The Whigs, however, refused to co-operate because of disagreements over Catholic emancipation. Grudgingly, the Prince of Wales allowed Perceval to continue as Prime Minister.[35]

On 10 May 1812, Spencer Perceval was assassinated by John Bellingham. The Prince Regent was prepared to reappoint all the members of the Perceval ministry under a new leader. The House of Commons formally declared its desire for a "strong and efficient administration",[36] so the Prince Regent then offered leadership of the government to Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley, and afterwards to Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 2nd Earl of Moira. He doomed the attempts of both to failure, however, by forcing each to construct a bipartisan ministry at a time when neither party wished to share power with the other. Possibly using the failure of the two peers as a pretext, the Prince Regent immediately reappointed the Perceval administration, with Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, as Prime Minister.[37]

George as Prince Regent, in the robes of the Order of the Garter. Painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1816).

The Tories, unlike Whigs such as Earl Grey, sought to continue the vigorous prosecution of the war in Continental Europe against the powerful and aggressive Emperor of the French, Napoleon I.[38] An anti-French alliance, which included Russia, Prussia, Austria, Britain and several smaller countries, defeated Napoleon in 1814. In the subsequent Congress of Vienna, it was decided that the Electorate of Hanover, a state that had shared a monarch with Britain since 1714, would be raised to a Kingdom, known as the Kingdom of Hanover. Napoleon returned from exile in 1815, but was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, brother of Marquess Wellesley. That same year the British-American War of 1812 came to an end, with neither side victorious.

During this period George took an active interest in matters of style and taste, and his associates such as the dandy Beau Brummell and the architect John Nash created the Regency style. In London Nash designed the Regency terraces of Regent's Park and Regent Street. George took up the new idea of the seaside spa and had the Brighton Pavilion developed as a fantastical seaside palace, adapted by Nash in the "Indian Gothic" style inspired loosely by the Taj Mahal, with extravagant "Indian" and "Chinese" interiors.[39]


The coronation banquet for George IV was held at Westminster Hall on 19 July 1821.

When George III died in 1820, the Prince Regent ascended the throne as George IV, with no real change in his powers.[40] By the time of his accession, he was obese and possibly addicted to laudanum.[7]

George IV's relationship with his wife Caroline had deteriorated by the time of his accession. They had lived separately since 1796, and both were having affairs. In 1814, Caroline left the United Kingdom for Europe, but she chose to return for her husband's coronation, and to publicly assert her rights as Queen Consort. However, George IV refused to recognize Caroline as Queen, and commanded British ambassadors to ensure that monarchs in foreign courts did the same. By royal command, Caroline's name was omitted from the Book of Common Prayer, the liturgy of the Church of England. The King sought a divorce, but his advisors suggested that any divorce proceedings might involve the publication of details relating to the King's own adulterous relationships. Therefore, he requested and ensured the introduction of the Pains and Penalties Bill 1820, under which Parliament could have imposed legal penalties without a trial in a court of law. The bill would have annulled the marriage and stripped Caroline of the title of Queen. The bill proved extremely unpopular with the public, and was withdrawn from Parliament. George IV decided, nonetheless, to exclude his wife from his coronation at Westminster Abbey, on 19 July 1821. Caroline fell ill that day and died on 7 August; during her final illness she often stated that she thought she had been poisoned.[41]

King George IV in 1821.

George's coronation was a magnificent and expensive affair, costing about £243,000 (£18,993,950 as of 2010),[42] (for comparison, his father's coronation had only cost about £10,000). Despite the enormous cost, it was a popular event.[7] In 1821 the King became the first monarch to pay a state visit to Ireland since Richard II of England.[43] The following year he visited Edinburgh for "one and twenty daft days."[44] His visit to Scotland, organised by Sir Walter Scott, was the first by a reigning British monarch since Charles II spent some time there during the Civil War.

Painting of George IV by Sir David Wilkie (1829) depicting the king during his 1822 trip to Scotland.

George IV spent most of his later reign in seclusion at Windsor Castle,[45] but he continued to intervene in politics. At first it was believed that he would support Catholic Emancipation, as he had proposed a Catholic Emancipation Bill for Ireland in 1797, but his anti-Catholic views became clear in 1813 when he privately canvassed against the ultimately defeated Catholic Relief Bill of 1813. By 1824 he was denouncing Catholic emancipation in public.[46] Having taken the coronation oath on his accession, George now argued that he had sworn to uphold the Protestant faith, and could not support any pro-Catholic measures.[47] The influence of the Crown was so great, and the will of the Tories under Prime Minister Lord Liverpool so strong, that Catholic emancipation seemed hopeless. In 1827, however, Lord Liverpool retired, to be replaced by the pro-emancipation Tory George Canning. When Canning entered office, the King, hitherto content with privately instructing his ministers on the Catholic Question, thought it fit to make a public declaration to the effect that his sentiments on the question were those of his revered father, George III.[48]

King George IV in 1823.

Canning's views on the Catholic Question were not well received by the most conservative Tories, including the Duke of Wellington. As a result the ministry was forced to include Whigs.[49] Canning died later in that year, leaving Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich to lead the tenuous Tory-Whig coalition. Lord Goderich left office in 1828, to be succeeded by the Duke of Wellington, who had by that time accepted that the denial of some measure of relief to Roman Catholics was politically untenable.[50][51] With great difficulty Wellington obtained the King's consent to the introduction of a Catholic Relief Bill on 29 January 1829. Under pressure from his fanatically anti-Catholic brother, the Duke of Cumberland, the King withdrew his approval and in protest the Cabinet resigned en masse on 4 March. The next day the King, now under intense political pressure, reluctantly agreed to the Bill and the ministry remained in power.[7] Royal Assent was finally granted to the Catholic Relief Act on 13 April.[52]

Half-Crown of George IV, 1821. The inscription reads GEORGIUS IIII D[ei] G[ratia] BRITANNIAR[um] REX F[idei] D[efensor] (George IV, by the grace of God King of the Britains (British kingdoms), Defender of the Faith). George IV was the last British King to be shown on coins wearing a Roman-style laurel wreath.

George IV's heavy drinking and indulgent lifestyle had taken its toll on his health by the late 1820s. His taste for huge banquets and copious amounts of alcohol caused him to become obese, making him the target of ridicule on the rare occasions that he did appear in public.[53] Furthermore, he suffered from gout, arteriosclerosis, cataracts and possible porphyria; he would spend whole days in bed and suffered spasms of breathlessness that would leave him half-asphyxiated. Some accounts claim that he showed signs of mental instability towards the end of his life, although less extreme than his father; he sometimes claimed that he had been at the Battle of Waterloo, which may have been a sign of dementia, or he may have just been trying to annoy the Duke of Wellington. He died at about half-past three in the morning of 26 June 1830 at Windsor Castle; he called out "Good God, what is this?" clasped his page's hand and said "my boy, this is death."[54] He was buried in St George's Chapel, Windsor on 15 July.[55]

His only legitimate child, Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales, had died from post-partum complications in 1817, after delivering a still-born son. The second son of George III, Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, had died in 1827. He was therefore succeeded by another brother, the third son of George III, Prince William, Duke of Clarence, who reigned as William IV.[56]


"A Voluptuary Under The Horrors of Digestion," a caricature (1792) by James Gillray from George's time as Prince of Wales.

On George's death The Times commented:

There never was an individual less regretted by his fellow-creatures than this deceased king. What eye has wept for him? What heart has heaved one throb of unmercenary sorrow? ... If he ever had a friend—a devoted friend in any rank of life—we protest that the name of him or her never reached us.[57]

During the political crisis caused by Catholic emancipation, the Duke of Wellington said that George was "the worst man he ever fell in with his whole life, the most selfish, the most false, the most ill-natured, the most entirely without one redeeming quality",[58] but his eulogy delivered in the House of Lords called George "the most accomplished man of his age" and praised his knowledge and talent.[59] Wellington's true feelings probably lie somewhere between these two extremes; as he said later, George was "a magnificent patron of the arts ... the most extraordinary compound of talent, wit, buffoonery, obstinacy, and good feeling—in short a medley of the most opposite qualities, with a great preponderence of good—that I ever saw in any character in my life."[59]

An unflattering 1819 caricature by George Cruikshank, illustrating "The Political House that Jack Built" by William Hone.

George IV was described as the "First Gentleman of England" on account of his style and manners.[60] Certainly, he possessed many good qualities; he was bright, clever, and knowledgeable. However, his laziness and gluttony led him to squander much of his talent. As The Times once wrote, he would always prefer "a girl and a bottle to politics and a sermon."[61]

There are many statues of George IV, a large number of which were erected during his reign. In the United Kingdom, they include a bronze statue of him on horseback by Sir Francis Chantrey in Trafalgar Square and another outside the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

In Edinburgh, George IV Bridge is a main street linking the Old Town High Street to the south over the ravine of the Cowgate, designed by the architect Thomas Hamilton in 1829 and completed in 1835. King's Cross, now a major transport hub sitting on the border of Camden and Islington in north London, takes its name from a short-lived monument erected to George IV in the early 1830s.[62]

The Regency period saw a shift in fashion that was largely determined by George. After political opponents put a tax on wig powder, he abandoned wearing a powdered wig in favour of natural hair.[63] He wore darker colours than had been previously fashionable as they helped to disguise his size, favoured pantaloons and trousers over knee breeches because they were looser, and popularised a high collar with neck cloth because it hid his double chin.[64] His visit to Scotland in 1822 led to the revival, if not the creation, of Scottish tartan dress as it is known today.[65]

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Royal styles of
King George IV of the United Kingdom

UK Arms 1801.svg

Reference style His Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
Alternative style Sir

Titles and styles

  • 12 August 1762 – 19 August 1762: His Royal Highness The Duke of Cornwall
  • 19 August 1762 – 29 January 1820: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
    • 5 February 1811[33] – 29 January 1820: His Royal Highness The Prince Regent
  • 29 January 1820 – 26 June 1830: His Majesty The King

Under the Act of Parliament that instituted the Regency, the Prince's formal title as Regent was Regent of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland,[66] and thus, during the Regency period his formal style was His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Regent of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The simplified style His Royal Highness The Prince Regent was used more commonly even in official documents. George IV's official style as King of the United Kingdom was "George the Fourth, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith". While heir apparent and before his accession as king, he was also the Crown Prince of Hanover.


British Honours

Sovereign of..., 29 January 1820–26 June 1830

Foreign Honours

Honorary military appointments


His arms, when King, were: Quarterly, I and IV Gules three lions passant guardant in pale Or (for England); II Or a lion rampant within a tressure flory-counter-flory Gules (for Scotland); III Azure a harp Or stringed Argent (for Ireland); overall an escutcheon tierced per pale and per chevron (for Hanover), I Gules two lions passant guardant Or (for Brunswick), II Or a semy of hearts Gules a lion rampant Azure (for Lüneburg), III Gules a horse courant Argent (for Westfalen), the whole inescutcheon surmounted by a crown.[67][68]

As Prince of Wales, George bore the arms of the kingdom, differenced by a label argent of three points.[69]


See also

Notes and sources

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  2. ^ De-la-Noy, p.43
  3. ^ Parissien, p.171
  4. ^ Smith, E. A., p.1
  5. ^ Smith, E. A., p.2
  6. ^ Hibbert, George IV: Prince of Wales 1762–1811, p.2
  7. ^ a b c d e Hibbert, Christopher (2004), "George IV (1762–1830)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press) 
  8. ^ Smith, E. A., pp.25–28
  9. ^ Smith, E. A., p.48
  10. ^ Smith, E. A., p.33
  11. ^ Smith, E. A., pp.36–38
  12. ^ David, pp.57–91
  13. ^ a b c d Innes, Arthur Donald (1914). A History of England and the British Empire, Vol. 3. The MacMillan Company. pp. 396–397. 
  14. ^ De-la-Noy, p.31
  15. ^ Röhl, J. C. G.; Warren, M.; Hunt, D. (1998). Purple Secret. Bantam Press. 
  16. ^ a b c d David, pp.92–119
  17. ^ Smith, E. A., p.54
  18. ^ Derry, p.71
  19. ^ Derry, p.91
  20. ^ a b May, Thomas Erskine (1896). The Constitutional History of England Since the Accession of George the Third, 1760–1860 (11th ed. ed.). London: Longmans, Green and Co. chapter III pp.184–95. 
  21. ^ a b Derry, p.109
  22. ^ Derry, p.181
  23. ^ Smith, E. A., p.70
  24. ^ a b David, pp.150–205
  25. ^ Parissien, p.60
  26. ^ Hibbert, George IV: Prince of Wales 1762–1811, p.18
  27. ^ Hibbert, George IV: Regent and King 1811–1830, p.214
  28. ^ De-la-Noy, p.55
  29. ^ Smith, E. A., p.97
  30. ^ Smith, E. A., p.92
  31. ^ Ashley, Mike (1998). The Mammoth Book of British Kings and Queens. London: Robinson. pp. 684. ISBN 1-84119-096-9. 
  32. ^ Innes, Arthur Donald (1915). A History of England and the British Empire, Vol. 4. The MacMillan Company. pp. 50. 
  33. ^ a b "The Prince Regent and His Circle: In their own words". Channel 4. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  34. ^ Parissien, p.185
  35. ^ Smith, E. A., pp.141–2
  36. ^ Smith, E. A., p.144
  37. ^ Smith, E. A., p.145
  38. ^ Smith, E. A., p.146
  39. ^ Rutherford, Jessica M. F. (1995). The Royal Pavilion: The Palace of George IV. Brighton Borough Council. pp. 81. ISBN 0948723211. 
  40. ^ Innes, Arthur Donald (1915). A History of England and the British Empire, Vol. 4. The MacMillan Company. pp. 81. 
  41. ^ Innes, Arthur Donald (1915). A History of England and the British Empire, Vol. 4. The MacMillan Company. pp. 82. 
  42. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Measuring Worth: UK CPI.
  43. ^ De-la-Noy, p.95
  44. ^ Prebble, John (2000). The King's Jaunt: George IV in Scotland, 1822. Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited. ISBN 1-84158-068-6. 
  45. ^ "George IV". The official website of the British Monarchy. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  46. ^ Parissien, p.189
  47. ^ Smith, E. A., p.238
  48. ^ Hibbert, George IV: Regent and King 1811–1830, p.292
  49. ^ Smith, E. A., pp.231–4
  50. ^ Parissien, p.190
  51. ^ Smith, E. A., p.237
  52. ^ Parissien, p.381
  53. ^ Parissien, p.355
  54. ^ De-la-Noy, p.103
  55. ^ Hibbert, George IV: Regent and King 1811–1830, p.336
  56. ^ Innes, Arthur Donald (1915). A History of England and the British Empire, Vol. 4. The MacMillan Company. pp. 105. 
  57. ^ The Times (London) 15 July 1830 quoted in Hibbert, George IV: Regent and King 1811–1830, p.342
  58. ^ Hibbert, George IV: Regent and King 1811–1830, p.310
  59. ^ a b Hibbert, George IV: Regent and King 1811–1830, p.344
  60. ^ The Diary of Prince Pückler-Muskau (May 1828). Quoted in Parissien, p.420
  61. ^ Clarke, John (1975), "George IV", The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England (Knopf): 225 
  62. ^ "Camden's history". Camden Council. Retrieved 2007-03-05. 
  63. ^ Parissien, p. 112
  64. ^ Parissien, p.114
  65. ^ Parissien, pp. 324–26
  66. ^ Hibbert, George IV: Prince of Wales 1762–1811, p.280
  67. ^ "A Proclamation Declaring His Majesty's Pleasure concerning the Royal Styles and Titles appertaining to the Imperial Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and its Dependencies, and also the Ensigns, Armorial Flags, and Banners thereof", The London Gazette (15324): 2–3, 30 December 1800 
  68. ^ "By His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Regent of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, in the Name and on the Behalf of His Majesty, A Proclamation", The London Gazette (17149): 1237–1238, 29 June 1816 
  69. ^ Heraldica – British Royalty Cadency


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  • De-la-Noy, Michael (1998). George IV. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing. ISBN 0-7509-1821-7. 
  • Derry, John W. (1963). The Regency Crisis and the Whigs. Cambridge University Press. 
  • Hibbert, Christopher (1972). George IV, Prince of Wales, 1762–1811. London: Longman. ISBN 0-582-12675-4. 
  • Hibbert, Christopher (1973). George IV, Regent and King, 1811–1830. London: Allen Lane. ISBN 0-7139-0487-9. 
  • Parissien, Steven (2001). George IV: The Grand Entertainment. London: John Murray. ISBN 0-7195-5652-X. 
  • Smith, E. A. (1999). George IV. Yale University Press. ISBN 0300076851. 

Further reading

  • Baker, Kenneth (2005). George IV: A Life in Caricature. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-500-25127-4. 
  • Machin, G. I. T. (1964). The Catholic Question in English Politics 1820 to 1830. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
George IV of the United Kingdom
Cadet branch of the House of Welf
Born: 12 August 1762 Died: 26 June 1830
Regnal titles
Preceded by
George III
King of the United Kingdom
King of Hanover

29 January 1820 – 26 June 1830
Succeeded by
William IV
British royalty
Preceded by
Prince Edward, Duke of York
Heir to the Thrones (later Throne)
as heir apparent
12 August 1762 – 29 January 1820
Succeeded by
Prince Frederick, Duke of York
Title last held by
Prince George, Duke of Edinburgh
later became King George III
Prince of Wales
1762 – 1820
Title next held by
Prince Albert, Duke of Cornwall
later became King Edward VII
Peerage of England
Title last held by
Frederick, Prince of Wales
Duke of Cornwall
1762 - 1820
Title next held by
Prince Albert, Duke of Cornwall
later became King Edward VII
Peerage of Scotland
Title last held by
Frederick, Prince of Wales
Duke of Rothesay
1762 - 1820
Title next held by
Prince Albert, Duke of Rothesay
later became King Edward VII
Masonic offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Moira
as Acting Grand Master
Grand Master of the Premier
Grand Lodge of England

1792 – 1812
Succeeded by
The Duke of Sussex
Preceded by
The Earl of Dalhousie
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland
1806 – 1820
Succeeded by
The Duke of Hamilton
Other offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Portland
President of the Foundling Hospital
1809 – 1820
Succeeded by
The Duke of York


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